Post by homeschooling parent on Sept 16, 2009 22:03:12 GMT -6
If you had to be "home-schooled" what would have helped?
I'm asking because my son really has no choice. He is only 7 years old and this is his third year being "home-schooled". He is an only child and is "special needs". He has troble making friends not due to "home-schooling" but other "issues".
We do focus on reading,writing, math, science and social studies, p.e., and art. He's work load is "light" but at his level. He also is taught things like facial expression, tone of voices, how to make friends, the proper way to run, not to be scared of water and other things that a lot of kids just normally understand.
He's involved with a secular co-op (his choice) taking art, creative writing, cooking, science, and sign language. He goes to Ymca for swimming lessons(our choice) and soccer (his choice). He also goes to summer day camp (our choice), Science class (his choice), art and dance class (his choice) and watch plays(his choice). He "plays" with both public and "homeschooled" kids and is aloud to participate in any activities he wants. Most of his activities are with public school kids.
Is there anything (other than just send him to public school) that would help your "home-shool" experiance be better.
*I'm not a great speller his dad handles english,and socail studies. I handle math, and science. We do the other subjects together.
Please don't look at his activities as I'm trying to say "look he's involved in a bunch of stuff" I'm trying to put down what he does so I may get better suggustions.
First of all I am glad you care enough for your special needs child to do whatever it takes. I do think there is a place for homeschool, but it is reserved for situations like yours. Parents understand their children better than anyone else. This doesn't justify making them the only piers the children have, but sometimes it is necessary for a time. My only suggestion would be to keep caring about your child as much as you do. Just don't make it about yourself and you will make the right decision. Most homeschool families do it for convenience, or just pure lazyiness. This is clearly not what you are about. One last thing would be to find other families that are dealing with similar issues so you don't get burned out. Thanks for being honest with your post.
It sounds as if you are doing a wonderful job homeschooling your son. That is not how my home-schooling was done at all. Time was not spent on the neccesary subjects as you are doing and I had no extra curricular activities to socialize with other kids.Keep up the good work and look for a similiar support group as recommended.
Post by the insomniac on Apr 8, 2014 9:50:11 GMT -6
sounds like you are doing well. if he continues to want to be homeschooled, let him. if however when he gets older and those issues are possibly resolved and he wants to go to public school please let him and take it from me im 12 but i gave my parents warnings YEARS ago that i may turn bad if they dont put me back in a public school. years later.......... quite honestly, im a monster. but YOU have made no mistake most of the activities are his choice and it sounds like there are plenty of social opportunities. my love and best wishes lauren